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Wednesday, 14 July 2004

Dog Day Afternoon

It seems that the Olympics 2004, which are being held in Athens, may not be universally popular.

It is reported that 15000 stray dogs may be poisoned, before the start of the Olympic Games on the 13th of August.

The reason for this mass poisoning is one of aesthetics. It appears that the Greek authorities don't want visitors to see stray dogs befouling the immaculate city of Athens.

The rationale, according to reports, is that the authorities wish to portray Greece as a civilised place.

In my view, a measure of a society's civilisation is how that society treats its fellow living creatures. Poisoning them en masse, does not seem to me to be terribly civilised.

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